The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its third-quarter shipment and billings report, showing good news for business aviation OEMs that already have record backlogs. As the industry adapts to a market where for the first time, more aircraft orders come from outside the U.S.
Embraer Phenom 100
Embraer and Montreal-based training provider CAE announced a joint venture to provide pilot and maintenance training for the Brazilian airframer’s new Phenom 100 very light and Phenom 300 light jets. According to the agreement, CAE will begin initial training for pilots and technicians at its Dallas facility in the third quarter of next year, and at its Burgess Hill, UK center starting in early 2009.
Embraer’s executive jet division comes to Dubai in bullish form with announcements for more than $200 million of new business and forecasts for strong growth in the sector, particularly in light and very light jets.
Third-quarter delivery figures reported by Embraer indicate the Brazilian manufacturer’s presence in the business jet market is gradually but steadily increasing. The company said it delivered three Legacys in the third quarter of this year, bringing the nine-month total to seven. In the first nine months of last year, Embraer delivered just four Legacys, and in the same time frame of 2001 only two Legacys were shipped to customers.
The second Phenom 100 VLJ took flight yesterday, departing from Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Captains Marcio Brisolla Jordão and Antonio Bragança Silva were at the controls, assisted by flight engineer Carlos Roberto Silveira Filho. Phenom 100 number two, equipped with full flight-test instrumentation, is slated for systems testing, in-flight thrust determination and flutter testing.
Cessna Citation CJ4
The Citation CJ4 takes the single-pilot CitationJet into a higher-performance realm while retaining the signature characteristics of what used to be Cessna’s entry-level jet series. The CJ4’s new features should make it easier to fly and maintain than other members of the Citation line.
Embraer booked more orders here yesterday. Executive AirShare of Kansas City, Mo., has added to an order it placed in May, signing for an additional three Phenom 100s (with options on three more) and two Phenom 300s (with options on two more). The order in May was for seven Phenom 100s and options on seven more.
The total value of the new agreement is $22.24 million and could double if all options are exercised.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is to unveil a conceptual mockup interior of its mid-light and midsize business jets (the MLJ and MSJ, respectively) tomorrow morning at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta.
Luis Carlos Affonso is an aeronautical engineer and private pilot, the product of a Brazilian engineering education and a man for whom a life at Embraer is as much a calling as a profession. After 22 years with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, he stepped into the position of vice president of Embraer Executive Aviation in the spring of 2005 with the blessing of then president and CEO Mauricio Botelho.
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